Hello, my name is Claire.
I grew up in Aptos, and fell in love with the ocean and community Santa Cruz had to offer. At a young age I’ve always had a passion for hair and makeup. I started with dolls to playing with my sister and cousins hair. As I got older, doing hair became my creative outlet and a way to connect with people in a positive way.
In 2014 I started cosmetology school at Paul Mitchell in San Jose. After school I had the opportunity to work in Monterey and San Jose. I was able to grow as an artist, and in each step in my journey I've always learned something new. Now I feel lucky to have my career in Santa Cruz where I've grown up and feel at home. My passion includes doing bridal hair and makeup as well as cutting and color.
When I'm not doing hair I enjoy spending time with my husband Sampson, bonus son Kai, and dog Rocky. I love going to the beach, mountain biking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. I truly feel blessed to do what I love everyday! Thank you for taking the time to read my page.
I look forward to meeting you!
PLEASE HELP WELCOME ME TO SANTA CRUZ BY ENJOYING 20% OFF
OF YOUR FIRST SERVICE WITH ME!
All Services include an in-depth/comprehensive consultation before commencing your service.
Haircuts of all lengths
Fades from Classic to trendy
Microlights (aka babylights)
Grey coverage and grey blending techniques
All color services
Balayage/ Hand Painting
Special Occasion Hair Styling and Makeup
I use I.C.O.N EcoTech, Schwartzkopf and Sunlights color lines. Prices are based on length, texture and abundance not gender or age. Please contact reception for an individual estimate.
Haircuts for over the ear length from 65.
Haircuts for lengths under the ear down from 75.
Highlights/low-lights from 130.
Microlights (aka babylights) from 150.
Clear or Color Glaze from 80.
Permanent Color from 95.
Balayage/Hand Painting from 100/hour (Requires a consultation for first applications)
Special Occasion Hair Styling from 95/hour.
Prices are based on length, texture and abundance not gender or age. Please contact reception for an individual estimate.
“The short version is that Claire was Great! The longer version is as follows:
I chose L’Atelier because I live in Santa Cruz and have known a little bit about L’Atelier for a while now and had the sense that you are one of the better salons in town. I’ve been getting my hair cut in San Francisco for years now, and wanted & needing to change things up so I called hoping to get a same day appointment since I have an event this weekend. Your receptionist was very nice and helpful and gave me a couple of possible slots - much appreciated. I took the 6:45 with Claire knowing little about her, except for a few quick glances at positive Yelp reviews. What I had remembered hearing was that she was good at working with clients to genuinely understand and meet their needs, and she most certainly did just that!
Claire was very comfortable and friendly to work with right off the bat. I let her know I was looking to change up my look, and I had some ideas and photos, but wanted her input and help as well. She clearly understood what I was looking to achieve and made me feel very comfortable as she step by step made changes to my hair checking in with me each step of the way. I felt like she really listened and heard me, and provided me with a look that I really like. After the cut, she took the time to style it and help me understand the product that would give me the look she had co-created with me - so appreciated. Already I’ve received compliments saying this is the best cut I’ve ever had. I look forward to working with Claire in future appointments.
I know that Claire is relatively knew to L’Atelier, and its very clear to me at least that she is a great asset to the salon. Nicely done Claire, thanks again for a great cut and style. This guy is very happy with your work.”
"As usual, Claire was a joy to work with. She is kind and attentive. I so appreciate her conservative approach to cutting my hair - checking in on the length before cutting too much. "
"Claire was AMAZING. I had a moment of panic before my service and she totally talked through it with me and adjusted my appointment to make sure I received the desired service. She was genuine, kind, and easy to spend 90 minutes with. Looking forward to coming back :)"
"Thank you for being so accommodating and welcoming. I don’t normally feel comfortable in a salon, but L’Atelier is different and I appreciate the effort to make it so comfortable. Claire is so sweet and I will be back again!"
"Hello Megan, I really loved the experience I had at your salon with Claire, she was really good, and also I felt comfortable, she explained everything and recommended what worked best for me! I hope to come back soon! Thank you so much!"
"I want to tell you that I had a fabulous time with Claire yesterday: she is fun, loves her job, I could tell that she enjoys transforming people’s hair, and she is very professional and caring. I’m enjoying the Young Again treatment serum. My hair is luscious! I must say I was born with confidence, but this hair is adding even more confidence! Blessings to you, to your family and to your business!"
"Hi Megan, I am happy to share with you my excitement over getting to meet Claire. I love the cut she gave me. It is just what I wanted. It was really gratifying how she really listened to me about what I wanted, and how my hair goes, and what I was worried about. Then she repeated everything we decided before she even lifted her scissor. She was so gracious. I really look forward to my next hair cut with her. And I've been telling all my friends.
I love your salon. It is beautiful and relaxing and everyone is so friendly. Thanks for being downtown where I can just walk over at lunchtime to get a cut!"
"I can’t say enough wonderful things about your salon. Everyone was so kind and the experience left me wanting to keep coming back. The environment is clean and warm and inviting. I feel I finally found the salon and stylist I want to stick with. My hair has its own big personality and I feel like Claire really took the time to understand it and the result has made me very very happy. I’m looking forward to my next cut with Claire!"